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Myanmar Coup


There’s a military coup in Myanmar:

Myanmar’s military launched a coup on Monday, detaining the country’s civilian leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and her top lieutenants in early morning raids and seizing power from a government established only five years ago.

Officials from the National League for Democracy, Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, confirmed the detentions on Monday morning. Hours later, with politicians and activists alike racing to find out who had been detained, a military television network announced a one-year state of emergency with ultimate authority transferred to the army chief, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing.

State television broadcast a statement from the military later on Monday that said extreme steps were necessary because of what it labeled voter fraud in elections last November. Those polls had confirmed the National League for Democracy’s dominance over the military’s proxy party. In its statement, the military said that it will oversee free and fair multiparty elections after the end of the state of emergency.

First significant foreign policy crisis for the Biden administration, although obviously it matters more for Myanmar’s neighbors. Not sure how this affects the Rohingya situation.

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